FIRST FRIENDS DONATE TODAY First Friends of New Jersey and New York upholds the inherent dignity and humanity of immigrants who are impacted by the immigration enforcement system. We provide compassion and hope through connections with volunteers dedicated to helping them survive detention, gain freedom and rebuild their lives. OF NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK BECOME A VOLUNTEER HELPING FRIENDS SURVIVE DETENTION ATTEND AN EVENT We help friends survive detention by providing pen-pal services, visitation, a dedicated helpline, commissary, and other supportive services. PROVIDING HOPE & COMPASSION GET INVOLVED Immigration Advocacy New York & New Jersey HELPING FRIENDS GAIN FREEDOM MAKE A DONATION GET INVOLVED PROVIDING SUPPORT THROUGH ADVOCACY First Friends is committed to engaging in advocacy efforts to help our friends be released and bring justice to the immigration system. HELPING FRIENDS REBUILD THEIR LIVES POST-RELEASE SUPPORT First Friends is committed to helping immigrants rebuild their lives after detention. Some of the services offered by staff and volunteers are: bond assistance, housing assistance, transportation, food assistance, and many other essential services. PROVIDING COMMUNITY-BASED ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEER TO HELP EVERY DONATION VOLUNTEER The work of First Friends is unique — no other immigrants rights organization has the mission to rebuild the lives of friends impacted by the immigration and enforcement system as we do. MAKES A DIFFERENCE MAKE A DONATION

VOLUNTEER VISITATIONS

First Friends can provide your family member or friend in immigration detention with someone who can visit them on a regular basis.

POST-RELEASE ASSISTANCE

Detained friends are often released with little advanced warning, no preparation and no funds into a community they know nothing about.

IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY

We focus on humane treatment and the elimination of immigration detention via peaceful protests, information campaigns, and more.

BECOME A PEN PAL

If you can’t visit a detained friend in person at the detention centers, you can reduce their isolation by writing to them regularly.

OUR MISSION

First Friends of New Jersey and New York upholds the inherent dignity and humanity of immigrants who are impacted by the immigration enforcement system. We provide compassion and hope through connections with volunteers dedicated to helping them survive detention, gain freedom and rebuild their lives.

OUR VISION

A society where immigrants are welcomed, valued and empowered.

WHO WE SERVE

Immigrants, asylum seekers and their families in New Jersey and New York whose lives have been impacted by the U.S. immigration and enforcement system.

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AVERAGE DAILY DETAINEE POPULATION IN 2019

5350+

COVID POSITIVE FRIENDS IN DETENTION CENTERS

4700+

IMMIGRANT DETAINEES ENROLLED IN FIRST FRIENDS

3850+

TOTAL NUMBER OF DETAINED FRIENDS VISITED

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